Election Profile: Scott Walker (R), Wisconsin governor

Published: Oct. 29, 2018 at 4:19 PM CDT
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The Wisconsin governor's race has been hotly contested, with polling at razor-thin margins.

Incumbent Republican Scott Walker is seeking a third -- and he says would be final -- term. He calls this final week of campaigning the time for "final arguments."

He talked with our Jason Zimmerman about what his upcoming agenda would be if he wins another four years to lead the Badger State.

With just days to go before election, Gov. Scott Walker is making his case to voters and providing a glimpse of his upcoming agenda should he stay in office a third term.

"In the third term, it's about what I'm asking for going forward. Give me the chance to help grow the workforce here, to keep every one of our graduates in the state, to make sure every student graduates and every graduate has a game plan for their career choice going forward and to keep them here."

In a sit-down interview, the governor repeatedly touted the state's record low unemployment as his biggest accomplishment.

He also says many of his reforms, from Act 10 to Right-to-Work legislation, and even freezing tuition across the University of Wisconsin System, have paid off for taxpayers.

"We've seen more jobs, higher wages, and we're outpacing nearly every other state in the nation in wage growth this year, and because of that we have a shortage of workers out there."

However, voter fatigue of Walker and a potential blue wave could make this race the toughest yet.

Only former governor Tommy Thompson has won a Wisconsin governor's race four consecutive times.

"We don't want to go backwards. I believe if Tony Evers gets in -- Tony and I have worked together so it's not personal, but when you look at his plan to raise property taxes, raise income taxes, particularly on farmers and manufacturers, to raise the gas tax by as much as a dollar a gallon -- that will cost us jobs."

As for any regrets, the governor says the biggest came during his first term.

"You want to fix things, but you need to constantly communicate. You need to constantly have the give-and-take of talking with people and hearing back from them about what you're doing and why you're doing it -- not just the specifics, but why doing this. And once we did that, we saw a total change in how people reacted."

It's also behind the motivation he had for a series of listening sessions across the state after his brief, failed presidential bid.

Still, he says he has a good relationship with Donald Trump.

"I don't agree with everything the president says, but I do love things like what he's done for the dairy industry with the trade pact with Canada. I do like the tax relief he's provided, $2,508 for a typical family in this state."

The governor says one thing is for sure: If re-elected, this would be his last term.

He made that promise to his wife, Tonette.

Our election coverage continues Tuesday with an in-depth interview with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, the Democratic challenger for governor.